If you pick up a package of a food you love at the grocery store and it says, “All Natural” on it, does that mean it’s definitely good for your smile health? Nope! While it’s possible that it’s good for your smile, it’s also possible that it isn’t good for your smile! So, how to know what to make of the term “natural” as it relates to your teeth and gums? Your Moreno Valley dentist can help you out, so you feel more educated regarding what this really means.

When It Isn’t

Let’s talk about when the term all-natural doesn’t really mean anything good for your smile health. True, it might mean that you’re avoiding pesticides, herbicides, and artificial ingredients, but when it comes to your teeth and gums, you need to avoid things that cause inflammation, decay, and bacterial buildup. This might include avoiding sugars, avoiding spicy foods if they tend to irritate you, and any food or beverage that’s acidic because it can erode your enamel. Since you can’t always avoid all of this stuff, your Moreno Valley dentist reminds you it’s important instead to realize that you’ll need to remain mindful of rinsing with water (and brushing later) after you eat. Simple.

When It Is Good

Sometimes, it’s an added benefit that you’re eating all-natural food or ingesting certain products. For instance, fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, which is very important for protecting your smile health (and which you need in small amounts). Water is natural and is always safe for your smile (it also rinses bacteria away). Your Moreno Valley dentist explains that calcium-rich food or protein is also going to be safe for your smile and if you can find it in a natural state, then even better!

Ask Us About The Right Foods To Eat

We are happy to explain foods you should eat and avoid, so you feel confident with your choices. Give us a call in Moreno Valley, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.